Let’s Talk Only About Leather

In the history of fashion, an element in particular is evergreen during time, the most versatile and sophisticated material that nature can offer us: Leather. Its scent, the infinite processes it lends itself, its versatility in adapting to all styles and personalities. Everything that somehow recalls the world of leather is fascinating.

Leather is one of the first materials offered by nature that man has learned to work and use. Used in the past as a container for water and food, in modern times it has become a decorative and furnishing element, but above all, the ideal material for creating clothes, accessories, and also jewelry. For instance, leather can be used in hundreds of ways as its structure is strong and resistant and also thanks to the leather processing industry, it is now possible to work it with the most innovative techniques and products.

Over the past 40 years, the use of leather has continued to grow. Available in all possible processes and colors, thanks to leather pigments and leather softeners. Printed, engraved, or painted, everything is possible with leather. It is perfect for the creation of any type of dress, pant, shoe, skirt, jacket, bag, or accessory.

This element has thus become a must in every wardrobe also thanks to the possibility of being used and worn in every season. Born as a raw material to cover humanity from the cold, this material has now become an evergreen simbol of fashion.

All About Leather Processing

Leather tanning is certainly one of the oldest activities of man. The prehistoric man had understood that the skin of the animals he hunted could be used. Naturally, the tanning process has undergone many changes from prehistory to the present, especially since the twentieth century, a century in which industrialization, hide tanning companies, and new machinery have allowed a development in the research of specific leather products.

Leather is actually a waste from the food industry, but it is “recycled” by the tanneries and the companies in the leather processing industry in such a way as to make it a luxurious and fashionable material.  The tanning production process can be substantially divided into three main phases: tanning, retanning and finishing.

Imagine the various stages of processing as a path between departure and arrival. Although starting from the same point, if a skin goes the long way and makes some important and challenging steps, it comes to an end a long time later, with much more effort, and with an enormous expenditure of energy. On the other hand, if a skin makes a shorter path or cuts along the path, avoids difficult and expensive steps, it arrives much earlier and with less energy expenditure. This is why some types of leather, though starting from the same starting line, are very different at the end of the cycle of tanning, retanning, and finishing. They are definitely different from one another and, of course, are sold with different final prices.

Many operations are optional and therefore doing them or not doing them is only a matter of cost and of the final result that a company wants to achieve with that particular article.


Leather Accessories: How to Protect Them

Leather must be protected – also using texting auxiliary chemicals – in order to last as long as possible in the most perfect conditions. This is especially true for bags, but also for belts, shoes, gloves, and other leather accessories. If we want the leather to look good over time, we must not neglect anything and never leave anything to chance. Here is a sort of vademecum for the conservation of leather:

  1. Never use leather accessories at the beach. Sand is prbably the first enemy of leather, since it deteriorates it. For this reason, leather bags and shoes must necessarily be left at home. For sure you will find other occasions to show them, but not on the beach!
  2. When leather bags and shoes are kept in wardrobes, newspaper has to be used to keep their shape. As far as bags are concerned, this is true both for those that have a soft shape as well as for rigid bags. Newspapers must be crumpled up, but not too much, in order to make volume and thus preserve the original features. You can also use a leather softener.
  3. Bags, shoes and belts must be fed with a special cream, transparent or of the same color of the leather. But remember to not put the accessories in the closet right away after that, because the cream needs to dry. Otherwise it would dirty everything it could come into contact with. Experts also use leather pigments in order to maintain the color of leather accessories.
  4. Do not use soap or various detergents to wash the leather: In order to clean spots, wipes – for example those for babies – are already a good choice. For a deeper cleaning, however, you can opt for cleansing milk using make up wadding disks.

Unmissable Accessory: Leather Belt for Women

The women’s leather belt gives always that fanciful touch. It enriches and gives femininity to the outfit. It is pure elegance. In the choice of accessories that enrich your wardrobe, a sophisticated woman cannot deprive herself of a real leather belt, treated with the most qualitative leather chemistry products. Because quality is beauty, and beauty makes feel good!

A leather belt has multiple qualities that make it a must-have accessory for every woman:

  • it is wear resistant
  • it is versatile
  • it is soft and comfortable, also thanks to leather softeners
  • It adapts to all seasons

Other reasons that clearly state why a woman has to possess a real leather belt are the following:

  • To make particular outfits that otherwise would be boring or shapeless: First of all, a leather belt is a simple way to embellish a look that might be a bit boring and impersonal. Plus, it is a valuable aid to enhance your figure with an oversize outfit.
  • To make a casual dress elegant
  • And viceversa, to make an elegant dress casual: The belt, paired with boots and a leather jacket, will certainly dampen the exclusiveness of the look
  • To light up your look without wearing too many accessories: Rings, earrings, necklaces can be quite uncomfortable. Very often, women avoid wearing jewelry for fear of losing it in crowded places. A belt, however, is very difficult to lose and, with the right buckle, it can become the right accessory
  • To renew the wardrobe without spending too much and in a single move

The leather processing industry is working and developing in order to produce the most qualitative leather you have ever seen and VecoItalia is the reference point when it comes to leather products.


3 Ways to Recognize a Genuine Leather Belt

The belt is not simply an accessory to sustain our trousers, but a real object of style and fashion. It is important therefore to learn how to recognize real leather belts from synthetic ones. Let’s say that the problem of having to distinguish a men’s leather belt from a synthetic one arises because of the existence of fabrics that, although very similar to real leather, have absolutely nothing to share with it.

Here are 3 ways and tests you can do to distinguish a genuine leather men’s belt from a synthetic leather one:

  • Leather belts wear out differently.

It’s just another way of saying that they last longer compared to an accessory that isn’t made of real leather, also thanks to leather softeners. With time and use only the underlay of the leather comes out, while a belt in fake leather becomes fragile and full of cracks that crumble when touched.

  • A real leather belt has an unmistakable smell.

The smell of genuine leather cannot be described, but surely if you smell it, even years later, you immediately realize whether it is a quality material or not. Fake leather will for sure not have a smell like it and it will certainly be more like naphtha. Also leather chemistry used on real leather will not make its fabolous smell fade away.

  • A genuine leather belt absorbs water.

Great attention must be taken in this case, because it depends on the leather.

In general, if you try to pour a drop of water on a genuine leather belt, you will see that after a few seconds, leather will have absorbed the water without the tissues having altered. A fake leather belt, on the other hand, does not absorb water and the drop will remain there until you have dried it. Why do you have to pay attention then? Because if the leather belt has undergone a water repellent treatment thanks to textile auxiliary chemicals, even if it is real leather, it will not absorb water anyway.


How to Clean Leather Shoes

How to clean leather shoes is a very frequent question especially for those who care a lot about their shoes and cannot wear them ruined. Leather shoes are beautiful, comfortable, but also delicate, because they are made with natural materials that require a lot of care, attention, and special leather finishing products, but at the same time can be cleaned easily and quickly. However, cleaning leather shoes is an action that always creates a slight anxiety, which is why we are going to explain how you can clean your leather shoes.

It is good to distinguish two types of cleaning: ordinary and extraordinary. The first is more frequent and you can do it at home and by yourself every time you feel the need, the second is more thorough and requires tools, professional techniques, and leather chemistry. Let’s talk about the ordinary cleaning:

  • Cleansing milk or drinking milk: Take a wad of cotton wool and pour in a drop of cleansing or drinking milk. Then rub gently on the stain and prevent the leather shoe from getting soaked. In this way, you will probably be able to remove the leather shoe.
  • Breadcrumbs: It depends on the type of stain you need to remove, but passing over a piece of breadcrumb could help eliminate it.
  • Marseille soap: Take a basin of warm water and melt some Marseille soap and dip a cloth. Pull it out, tighten it tightly to prevent it from being filled with water, and start rubbing.
  • Vinegar: According to some experts of household methods, white vinegar in small quantities, applied with a soft cloth, can remove stains.
  • Olive oli: Olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice can become an excellent polish for leather shoes to be applied with a thick cotton cloth or a sponge. Leave the product to work for a few minutes, clean, and polish with a clean cloth. In the end you can also apply a specific leather softener.


Leather Shoes: What You Need to Know

There are many things to know about leather shoes and about leather finishing products. A fundamental aspect that you definitely need to know before buying leather shoes concerns the linings. At first glance, it seems like a completely secondary thing, but it is not the case. In fact, the lining can determine, as well as the quality of the leather and the leather chemistry used, the whole quality of the shoes, therefore the success of the purchase.

Of course, the lining must be made of natural materials. Indeed, a synthetic material will make your foot sweat and give problems from the bacterial point of view, causing odors, fungi, etc. But it is not enough that the lining is made with leather, also in this case, there are top, medium, and cheap products.

The economic product par excellence is the pig leather lining. You recognize it, because you can clearly see the dot from which the hair came out. It is a rather dry material and with sweaty feet, it often gives off a characteristic – and unpleasant – smell. When you see a shoe with a pig leather lining, it is better to not take the product into consideration.

A beautiful shoe has a kid lining. It is a very light material, brilliant, which softens the leather of the whole shoe, thanks also to leather softeners. If it is of high quality and it allows a good transpiration.  Of course, like many other precious things, a beautiful shoe also requires a little care. We will talk about that in the next article.

Laser Leather Marking: The New Fashion Trend

Laser marking is one of the many applications of CO2 lasers. In this application, the energy emitted by the laser beam is used to mark the surface of a given fabric or material. During the last years, laser marking has proven to be a very efficient and useful tool for manufacturing applications, especially in the field of fashion and fabric decoration.

The variety of materials that can be marked with the CO2 laser is very wide and includes both natural as well as synthetic materials and metals. This technique find its natural use on products such as wood, paper, cardboard, rubber, plastic, etc. Materials of this type are extremely suitable for being marked with CO2 lasers.

Thanks to this feature, CO2 lasers are also ideal for other industrial sectors such as fashion, that make extensive use of organic materials such as natural fibers or leather. From this point of view, laser marking has proven to be an efficient and powerful tool for the finishing of clothing and textile products in general. In particular, the decoration of leather is one of the applications in this area that have most benefited from the introduction of the CO2 laser as a production and finishing tool.

Traditionally, leather processing uses hand tools, leather chemistry, like leather pigments or leather softeners, or even heat to decorate or cut this material. This type of work certainly has a strong artisan character. This kind of production, however, does not lend itself well to the quantities required by a mass market. Leather is a difficult material to produce industrially while maintaining high quality levels. However, the introduction of CO2 laser marking has changed the situation. Thanks to this tool, it is in fact possible to obtain high quality results in leather processing even on industrial applications. Laser marking produces a permanent result, perfectly defined and very accurate. The signs produced are very resistant, do not wear out with use, and do not fade due to exposure to a light source. Thanks to this technique, our leather products can now be even more charming.

Characteristics of Real Leather: How to Distinguish it From Other Fabrics

Very often we take it for granted that we are able to immediately distinguish real leather from all other fabrics. Sometimes, in fact, some industrial fabrics appear like real leather. For this reason today, we are going to list all the characteristics of real leather.

Maybe it seems strange to hear it, but the main feature of real leather is its natural imperfection. The wrinkles and veins that you can notice at first glance on a sofa or a bag are one of the signs of the realness of this material. In fact, the clearly visible pore grain indicates that the material has not undergone grinding with abrasive paper or has not been further coated to look perfect. Leather is only treated with proper leather chemistry products. That of real leather is perhaps one of the few cases in which the more imperfect a fabric is, the more it acquires value, thanks to its uniqueness and authenticity.

Another element characterizing real leather is its compact and elastic structure, also thanks to leather softeners. Even after folding or stretching, the material immediately returns to its initial state. It is, in fact, a very flexible quality material.

And here is the third characteristic of real leather: A strong resistance even towards the worst conditions. Leather is one of the few products that the more it ages, the more it improves. Particularly rigid at the beginning, with the passing of time, it becomes soft and fleshy. Moreover, genuine leather is fireproof and breathable, elements that are difficult to find in other fabrics. Also, thanks to leather auxiliary chemicals, like waterproofing wax, it gets not affected by water.

The most inexperienced normally distinguish real leather from other materials thanks to its fragrance. It is a pleasant, delicate but never exaggerated smell, able to tickle the olfactory emotions. After sight and smell, real leather is also recognizable through touch: Real leather never appears cold, but particularly warm and natural.

All the aforementioned characteristics make real leather one of the most appreciated and valuable coverings in the world.


Other 7 Essential Tricks to Clean your Leather Bag

We have already spoken about the 10 essential tricks to clean your leather bag. A leather bag is a valuable thing and there are way more advice in order to maintain your object at its best, as well as a lot of leather chemistry products. Here are the 7 more essential tricks to clean your leather bag:

  1. If you don’t have a dust bag, just use a simple pillowcase.
  2. Consider buying a spotting cover product and a leather softener in order to be prepared to any kind of unexpected event.
  3. Do not leave your bag exposed to direct sunlight, this can discolor and damage the leather heavily.
  4. Do not wear light colored handbags with dark clothes, the color may shift from clothes to the bag, causing those spots that are among the most difficult to remove.
  5. For really stubborn stains, look for a shoe polish in the same color as your bag and apply a minimum quantity on the affected area. You can also use proper leather pigments.
  6. If you want to remove a bad smell from the bag, you can use odor removers, but avoid using the most aggressive, solvent-based or nebulized, because they could damage the color and the leather itself.
  7. And to eliminate all traces of persistent odors, put a small container of baking soda in your bag, covered with a dust bag or pillow case, and leave it inside for at least 24 hours. Baking soda will absorb any unpleasant odor!